Corasoides occidentalisCommon name: Platform Spider

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Reported from the southwest of Western Australia.

RemarksThis spider had a body length of approximately 20 millimetres. We have photographed this spider in March and December.

Platform spiders construct a horizontal web with a retreat constructed in adjacent vegetation. They are nocturnal and won’t venture out of the retreat during daylight. Prey doesn’t stick to the web, so the spider rushes out to subdue it immediately the web is touched.

References: Atlas of Living Australia  https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:34153273-843f-4135-9af8-d0b552877add

Esperance Fauna http://esperancewildlife.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/platform-spider-corasoides-species.html

A Guide to the Spiders of Australia. Volker W Framenau, Barbara C Baehr and Paul Zborowski. 2014

Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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